Affleck premiere is talk of 'The Town'
HE is the tall handsome Hollywood star whose hit films include 'Pearl Harbour' and 'Good Will Hunting'.
And with Ben Affleck's latest film grossing a massive $23.8m (€18.2m) at the US box office on its first weekend on release, it's easy to imagine him relying on the 'luck of the Irish'.
But despite his mother's family coming from the O'Brien clan, Affleck played down his Irish ancestry on his first visit to this country.
"I am part-Irish, but I'm a bit insecure saying that because I know the Irish make fun of the all Americans who claim to be Irish," Ben Affleck told the Irish Independent at the Irish premiere of 'The Town' at the Savoy Cinema last night.
However, as he posed for pictures and hugged autograph hunters on the red carpet, Affleck proved he was one well informed Irish-American. The star directed, co-wrote and starred in the movie.
"I know Ireland has had a crash like we have had in the States. In fact my next movie 'The Company Man' is going be about people dealing with the economic recession," Affleck added.
But the 38-year-old's reticence to boast about his Irishness could come from some of the Irish-Americas he's met in the US, like the character he plays in his new film, a Boston bank robber.
"Some Irish-Americans are wonderful, but some of them are gangsters. It's definitely part of the culture in a lot of these neighbourhoods, in that you have rough and tumble folks. 'The Town' is about people trying to change, and remove themselves from that world," he added.
Now married to actress Jennifer Garner and with two small daughters, Affleck was joined at the premiere last night by co-star Rebecca Hall, who plays a bank manager he takes hostage in the film.
Following the screening last night, staged as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Ben and his party dined at Shanahans on The Green, before retiring to the Merrion Hotel.
The only disappointment of the evening was that another star of the film, actor Jon Hamm (best known for playing Don Draper in TV series 'Mad Men'), who plays an FBI man tailing Affleck's character in the movie, didn't make it over to Dublin. However there was an unexpected arrival with Welsh 'Notting Hill ' actor Rhys Ifans turning up.